It was an amazing day last Sunday 17th November at the 9th World of Food Festival 2019 at Government House Gardens. The event, hosted by The Consular Corps of WA Inc., celebrated multiculturalism in Perth and showcased an amazing array of international cuisine and cultural performances from 25+ countries around the world.
Greece was once again well represented with a stall filled with delicious Greek food and with an amazing performance by the students of St. Andrew's Grammar Dance Group.
The Governor of Western Australia the Hon. Kim Beazley AC visited our food stall!
Floreat Athena Football Club is excited to announce Litis Stadium will remain the club’s home for the next decade, until at least 2030. The 10-year lease was voted on at Tuesday night’s City of Vincent Council meeting, following a series of forums and workshops between the club, City Administration staff, Mayor Emma Cole and City Councillors over the past two years.
“This is a very significant milestone for the club” said Athena Secretary Emmanuel Takoniatis. “In the space of less than 12-months the interim board, specifically the working group which has comprised of Con Poulios, Peter Kapsanis and Nick Farrell, have generated a lot of positive dialogue and goodwill which shouldn’t be underestimated by any means”.
“We only had one year left up our sleeve and that was at the Council’s discretion. A week ago there was a proposal to grant the club just a five-year lease with a five-year option, again at the City’s discretion”. “So to be able to persuade Council enough to give us long tenure has been a significant challenge”. The Council’s decision will allow the club to stay focused on developing junior talent and unearth the stars of tomorrow.
Mayor Cole echoed Takoniatis’ sentiments and said the club’s members should be proud of the achievements of the board. “The club has secured a long-term future at Litis Stadium. And, through this process, we have built a stronger partnership between us” she said. Mayor Cole also added that. “We have always recognised Litis Stadium as the home of FAFC and understand the importance of the clubroom's remaining under lease to the club”. “This is all the more important as we now work together to secure the Federal Government’s $3-million grant for the benefit of the club and the community". “On behalf of the City of Vincent, I thank the Executive Committee for the commitment they have shown to the club and for the positive way they have worked with us to secure your future at Litis Stadium”. Takoniatis stressed that for now it was business as usual and many positive opportunities lied ahead for the future of Athena. He said with the upcoming Annual General Meeting the members of the club were now in a strong position to ensure the club’s future was set out for the long term.
Saint NEKTARIOS Metropolitan Of Pentapolis, Wonderworker Of AEGINA (Modern Orthodox Saints, St. Nectarios of Aegina, by (Dr.) Constantine Cavarnos, Insititute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (Belmont, Massachusetts, 1981), 154-187.)
On Saturday 9th November 2019 we celebrated the Feast Day of St Nektarios the Wonder-Worker.
In Father Theoklitos’ sermon, he quoted from St Nektarios, speaking of the wonder that is Holy Communion. It is Christ Himself present on the Holy Altar, whom we receive in completeness – and this is the greatest mystery of all. It is the miracle of miracles and the MYSTERION of MYSTERIA!
Thank you to everyone for helping us to celebrate the day together at the beautiful church of St Nektarios.
Fr John Athanasiou
Over 190 people joined us for our Church Luncheon fundraiser to honour the Feast Day of St Nektarios on Sunday 10th November.
The day was a great turn out and success, with many joining us from across all churches. We had the pleasure of Father Elpidios joining us for lunch, along with President of the Hellenic Community Savvas Papasavvas and Principal of St. Andrew's Grammar Mr Craig Monaghan and family, Councillor Bianca Sandri and MLA Member for Hillarys Mr Peter Katsambanis.
The first performance of the day was two very talented year 1 students from St. Andrew’s Grammar presenting religious prayers in Greek to honour the celebration. Followed by the St. Andrew's Grammar dance group, with an amazing display of traditional Greek dance.
As always, there was a huge number of raffle prizes, for young and old, and many won wonderful prizes.
A special thank you to all those who were so generous with their donations. I would also like to thank all the wonderful helpers at our luncheon. There are some real workers among you; ready, willing and able to work for the church. Thank you to you all.
Fr John Athanasiou
The HBC extends to all persons (Male and Female) of Greek heritage, a warm welcome to try the game of lawn bowls throughout the summer months. The bowls is conducted at the Osborne Park Bowling Club, in Osborne Park, every Wednesday night, beginning on the 6th of November. Free loan bowls are available and your first three weeks are at no charge, giving you time to decide if you wish to continue. Come and join the friendly atmosphere and reacquaint yourself with old friends and make new friends.
For further details please contact:
Michael Pampacos (secretary) on 0439951070
Angela Verevis (president) on 0413041918
Michael Litis (president) on 0418957806